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Alaska man pleads not guilty to threatening 2 US senators

Nov. 22, 2021 16:26 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man charged with threatening the lives of Alaska’s two U.S. senators pleaded not guilty on Monday and judge decided that he will remain in custody. Jason Weiner, an attorney for Jay Allen Johnson, entered the plea on his client's behalf...

Alaska officials consider more charges in Safeway shooting

Nov. 09, 2021 16:29 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the man shot and killed as he exited a grocery store in Fairbanks as the prosecutor said he is considering additional charges against the alleged shooter. The victim was identified Tuesday as Harley Ray...

Alaska supermarket shooting suspect charged with murder

Nov. 08, 2021 21:10 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Authorities said Monday that a gunman who killed a man outside of an Alaska grocery store over the weekend didn't break stride as he continued inside and sprayed gunfire across the store, wounding one other person. Joshua Eric Butcher, 41, who...

State drops open container citation against Alaska lawmaker

Oct. 26, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An open container citation issued to an Alaska state lawmaker has been dismissed because the trooper who issued the citation is no longer in state employment after being accused of sexual abuse of a minor. State Sen. Josh Revak, an Anchorage...

Eielson to receive Air Force's first nuclear microreactor

Oct. 20, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A base in interior Alaska has been chosen by the U.S. Air Force to receive its first nuclear microreactor. Eielson Air Force Base was selected in a project that began in 2019, when a National Defense Authorization Act requirement to identify...

'Into the Wild' bus on display during preservation work

Oct. 12, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A bus that people sometimes embarked on deadly pilgrimages to Alaska’s backcountry to visit can now safely be viewed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks while it undergoes preservation work. The bus was moved to the university’s...

Man accused of threatening 2 US senators to remain in jail

Oct. 09, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man upset over the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, illegal immigration and the direction he thinks the country is headed is accused of threatening the lives of Alaska’s two Republican U.S. senators in a series of profanity-laced voicemails that...

Alaska man faces charges over threatening Murkowski's life

Oct. 06, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man faces federal charges after authorities allege he threatened to hire an assassin to kill U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. In a separate threat left in a voice message at Murkowski’s...

COVID spike pushes Alaska’s health care system to brink

Oct. 05, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

TANACROSS, Alaska (AP) — One Alaska Native village knew what to do to keep out COVID-19. They put up a gate on the only road into town and guarded it round the clock. It was the same idea used a century ago in some isolated Indigenous villages to protect people from outsiders during another...

Alaska allows hospitals to ration care amid COVID spike

Oct. 02, 2021 21:34 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska on Saturday activated emergency crisis protocols that allow 20 medical facilities to ration care if needed as the state recorded the nation’s worst COVID-19 diagnosis rates in recent days, straining the state’s limited health care...